Tag Archives: Joy

Daily Mass: Shine with the light of Christ! Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord reminds us that light is meant to be seen and not hidden. May our lives shine with the light of Christ as we proclaim the Good News to others!

Mass Readings – Monday of the 25th Week of the Year

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St. Januarius, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 14th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes in the readings for the 14th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Isaiah 66:10-14c

  • Rejoice and exult over the prosperity of Jerusalem.
  • The Lord’s power shall be known to his servants in the sight of these blessings.

Psalm 66:1-7,16,20

  • “Let all praise the name of the Lord.”
  • Shout for joy and praise the good works of God.

2nd Reading – Galatians 6:14-18

  • Paul boasts in the cross of Jesus Christ, and now he bears the marks of Jesus on his body.
  • Peace and mercy be to all who follow the Lord.

Gospel – Luke 10:1-12,17-20

  • Jesus sends out 72 disciples in pairs to announce the Kingdom of God.
  • They return, rejoicing at the power of the name of Jesus.

Mass Readings – 14th Sunday of the Year

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Easter Day

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The joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ transforms our hearts and overflows into our lives as we share the Good News. The Lord is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Mass Readings – Easter Sunday

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Study, Pray, Serve: Easter Day

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Let’s examine some of the main themes in the readings for Easter Day.

1st Reading – Acts of the Apostles 10:34a,37-43

  • Peter proclaims the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to the crowd.
  • The disciples are witnesses of Christ and testify on his behalf for the forgiveness of sins.

Psalm 118: 1-2,16-17,22-23

  • “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.”
  • We give thanks for the might and glory of God who is merciful to us.

2nd Reading – Colossians 3:1-4

  • You have died with Christ, and your life is hidden with God.
  • When Christ your life appears, you will appear with him in glory.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 5:6b-8

  • We clear out the old yeast of malice and wickedness.
  • We make a new batch of dough with the new yeast of sincerity and truth.

Gospel – John 20:1-9

  • Mary Magdalen finds the tomb empty and runs to tell Peter and the other disciple.
  • Peter and the other disciple run back to the tomb.
  • They had not yet understood that Jesus had to rise from the dead.

Mass Readings – Easter Day

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Study, Pray, Serve: 5th Sunday of Lent

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Let’s explore some of the themes for this 5th Sunday of Lent.

1st Reading – Isaiah 43:16-21

  • The prophet invites the people to reflect on God’s mighty deeds in the past.
  • The Lord is now doing something new that will renew all creation.

Psalm – 126:1-6

  • “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.”
  • Out of moments of suffering and trial, we recall God’s grace and help.

2nd Reading – Philippians 3:8-14

  • St. Paul contrasts how little he disregards the suffering in this life for the glory we possess in Jesus Christ.
  • With his hope anchored in the Lord, he eagerly looks ahead to the future.

Gospel – John 8:1-11

  • A woman caught in adultery is brought before Jesus by an angry crowd.
  • After Jesus gently admonishes the crowd to consider their own sins, he then shows mercy to the woman.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Lent

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Note: These are the readings for “Year C” in the Lectionary for Mass. On the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent, parishes may use the “Year A” readings at Masses that include members of the RCIA process.


Baptism of the Lord: The humility of John the Baptist. Catholic Inspiration

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When asked if he was the Christ, John the Baptist redirected the crowd to the coming of Jesus. His humility offers us an example about how to live our lives as we follow the Lord.

Mass Readings – Baptism of the Lord

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Daily Mass: Take a moment and reflect on the Good News. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response offers an opportunity to reflect on the blessings and joy of life. As we prepare for Christmas, may the Good News help us to see God at work in our lives today.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 4th Week of Advent

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St. Peter Canisius…pray for us!


3rd Sunday of Advent: Rejoice, the Lord is near! Catholic Inspiration

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Paul’s Letter to the Philippians offers a rich insight filled with joy and hope: The Lord is near! May Christ’s presence in our lives encourage us to embrace the gift of faith and live it in the world.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Study, Pray, Serve: 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Let’s explore some of the themes we see in the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

1st Reading – Zephaniah 3:14-18a

  • The people shout for joy and exult at the power of God who turns away their enemies.
  • God is in the midst of the people and they are no longer afraid.

Response – Isaiah 12:2-3,4b-6

  • “Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.”
  • We are confident and unafraid for our strength and courage is the Lord.

2nd Reading – Philippians 4:4-7

  • We rejoice in the Lord and have no anxiety; rather we pray with thanksgiving as we make our petitions known to God.
  • The peace of God guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Gospel – Luke 3:10-18

  • John the Baptist gives advice and direction to the people.
  • John’s preaching prepares the people for the coming of Jesus.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Study, Pray, Serve: 2nd Sunday of Advent

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Here’s a quick look at the themes for the readings for the 2nd Sunday of Advent.

1st Reading – Baruch 5:1-9

  • The prophet encourages the people to take off the robe of mourning and misery and put on the splendor of glory from God.
  • God has commanded; he is leading the people in joy and bringing them back in glory.

Psalm 126:1-6

  • “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.”
  • The people who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.

2nd Reading – Philippians 1:4-6,8-11

  • Paul confidently prays with joy for the people that they will continue their good work until the day of Christ Jesus.
  • This good work includes love, knowledge, discernment, purity and the fruit of righteousness.

Gospel – Luke 3:1-6

  • Luke sets the context of John the Baptist with the names of history, such as Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate and the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas.
  • John’s ministry is understood in light of the words of Isaiah…prepare the way of the Lord!

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Advent

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